EDU-Syria

Providing Syrian refugees in Jordan and underprivileged Jordanians with access to higher education and the labour market through a small grants programme

General goal

EDU-Syria came as a response action to help Syrian refugees and the host communities in Jordan overcome the Syrian crisis through granting the youth of Syrian refugees and underprivileged Jordanians access to higher education and to the labor market.

Specific aims

EDU-Syria is a series of EU-funded projects through the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the crisis in Syria. So far, the EU granted EDU-Syria a total of EUR 32.6 million, providing over 3000 scholarships, 4000 beneficiaries and 12 development projects.

The project proposes a set of 8 actions, designed around higher education.

  1. Vocational Education Scholarship Program (VESP).
  2. Bachelor Scholarship Program (BSP).
  3. Graduate Studies Scholarship Program (GSSP).
  4. Teacher Certificate Scholarship Program (TCSP)
  5. Six-Month Labor Market Oriented Course Scholarship Program (LMP)
  6. “Bottlenecks” Alleviation Program (BAP)
  7. Entrepreneurship Training Scholarship Program
  8. High School Summer Program (HSSP)

Calls for Proposals

We will design and manage calls for proposals for Jordanian and international stakeholders to submit short projects tailor-made to alleviate 3 bottlenecks:

  • accessing higher education
  • completion of a program study
  • transition to the labor market

This action will benefit both Syrian refugees and underprivileged Jordanian youths who are in need of specific training, skills development or support in accessing higher education and labor markets.

The situation in Jordan

According to the UNHCR, Jordan hosts 657,287 registered Syrian refugees. The Jordanian government puts that figure around 1.3 million. Unemployment in Jordan stood at a 14.95% in 2019. Jordan faces serious economic challenges, partly as the result of Syrian refugees, slower economic growth, and a rising budget deficit.

Higher education in Jordan is not free. Postsecondary education; a two-year associate diploma, a bachelor’s degree, and graduate studies, are expensive for the average Jordanian, even with government subsidies. For displaced Syrians, education is a luxury.

Partners

A consortium led by the German Jordanian University (GJU) will deliver different components of this programme through a 4 year collaborative project. The consortium consists of:

More information

You can find more information on the website of EDU-Syria.

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